>>Has anyone ever been hit from behind while driving or stopped/stopping ?<<
Yeah, three times.
Once at the corner of Walton & Ritchie Hwy, for daring to stop at a yellow light...it was a low speed bump which just knocked by bike over, but it really pissed me off given that the guy started yelling at me on top of it.
I ripped my helmet off and sailed it into his windshield (this was a bit before I started carrying a chain on a regular basis, and one of the reasons for it) and left a big nasty smashmark, cause I threw it really hard...and he went up on the curb around me, flooring it as I tried to jump on his hood and kick his windshield down into his head.
I fell off, of course, cause he really punched it, and came away with his rearview mirror for good measure, trying to hold on, which I also threw at his car as it blew through the (empty) intersection, but it fell way short.
Then I picked up my helmet and moped and just started laffing...I guess that guy isn't gonna hassle a ped-pusher again.
Also note, this was the SAME intersection where I was nearly killed several years later.
The second time was truly an accident...we had one of those freak outta nowhere rainstorms in Maryland that day, from bright sunny day to half monsoon back to sun...that happens on occasion in the summer.
Well, I had a hole or leak somewhere cause the engine started missing when it started to come down hard, and visibility was terrible.
Some old folks, driving an old caddy, tapped the rear of my moped while trying to stop, cause my ped was black, my jacket camo...and my lights had chosen to die on me at the time...I managed to roll up on the hood, and the moped kinda pogoed off into the curb.
They were horrified, but I rolled off, none the worse for wear, and upon checkin out my 'ped...saw nothing more than one rearview mirror snapped off and smashed, a few scrapes and a cracked headlight cover...to me - nothing.
So they apologised, and wound up having breakfast with me at the Hardee's this happened in front of, as a gesture of apology....we mutually decided that insurance companies are bastards, and we weren't gonna even bother to involve em.
So, you do get nice people out there.
Third time, was some creep at Hanover and Patapsco...and a big part of why I carry a chain.
This dude behind me, in a hopped-up Monte Carlo was getting pissed cause I was in front of him, trying to make a left...only, you need a BIG hole to make a left in a moped.
So he starts honking, cussin, and actually has the nerve to bump me.
I get off the bike, he locks his door (not THAT dumb, alas) and aims the car at me, and so I went APESHIT....swingin chain like a madman and trying to get in a position where he could not run me over.
He took off, and I never saw his ass again, which is good, cause I'd do it again inna heartbeat.
Basic note on this here - if a Car hits you on a moped, especially from behind, go down and STAY down...act like yer out cold if you must.
Most folks will take off the minute you stand up, they'll run like hell....but it's one thing to leave the scene of a misdemeanor accident, another to leave the scene of a potential automotive homicide.
It also generally tends to discourage them from running your moped over to get away, cause I've seen that happy, tho, thankfully it wasn't me or my moped.
Of course...depending on the area and situation, I've been known to slash out the tires of a car that's hit me and looks to be about to run....but I don't reccommend doing that, for legal reasons.
Oh...and final note...just cause that brought it to mind, and it occured at the exact same spot as the first incident.
Ever rolled up to a stop light, put one leg down...and your heel lands in a slick spot of automotive sludge/grease/goo....and dump yourself, unassisted ?
Definately one of the most embarrassing moments of riding a moped, I tell ya.